The state's health commissioner said he will add chronic pain to the list of health conditions that are eligible for prescribed medical marijuana under New York's law that took effect in January 2016.
Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.
Judge Allows Insurer for Manager, Security Company to Settle Claims in Mall Carjacking Where Lawyer DiedBy Michael Booth |
The insurance carrier representing the general manager and security company of The Mall at Short Hills can satisfy its obligations under their policies for $2 million, a Superior Court judge has ruled, in wrongful death lawsuit for the murder of lawyer Dustin Friedland in 2013.
U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton is the latest to weigh in on a murky area of federal anti-discrimination law, siding with those who say sexual orientation is implicitly covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Judge Margaret "Meg" Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces doesn't match the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's combative questioning and bluster during oral argument.
Connecticut's Polish American Bar Association only recently got off the ground, but valuable networking connections have already been made between the lawyers, said organizing member Agnes Romanowska.
The state Supreme Court's decision means the appeal of a lower court's dismissal will bypass the Appellate Court.
I hear a lot of grousing about the new MCLE regime and the time and effort it's going to take to comply. The complainers get no comfort from me.
This article addresses a particularly common form of legislative intervention in construction contracting: state statutes that invalidate the parties' negotiated forum selection clauses and require them to litigate in the state where the project is located.
ADR professionals working primarily as neutrals may be in an especially good position to advise businesses about developing PEDR systems as they normally would have fewer qualms about losing business.
The Connecticut Appellate Court ruled a lower court failed to use its discretion when determining whether to award attorney fees when a request was filed five days late.
The vexing problem of defining "public policy" in labor arbitration cases is becoming less vexing.
The money will cover the postal worker's pain and suffering, and reimburse lost wages covered by workers' compensation.
Lawsuits filed by three patients who accused an Avon doctor of sexual assault are in possible jeopardy after a judge dismissed all 14 criminal charges.
President-elect Donald Trump moved quickly in naming his picks for two key legal posts, selecting a conservative politician in Sen. Jeff Sessions to run the U.S. Department of Justice and a loyal adviser in Jones Day partner Donald McGahn II to serve as White House counsel.
A salesman's alleged parting shot at his former employer included remotely wiping a company iPhone to delete years of contracts, confidential documents and customer information, according to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Longtime Quinnipiac University law professor David King, who one faculty member said contributed more to the law school than anyone else, died recently after a battle with cancer.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled there was no built-in bias just because the Southbury police officer reported to a trooper in a criminal case investigated by other troopers.
The chief has refused to fill out or sign federal paperwork that would give the family of deceased officer Marcia Stella federal survivor benefits.
Healey, an attorney with Rome McGuigan, discusses changes he's seen to the legal profession and his work with the Pettit Family Foundation.
The idea that disputes need to be adjudicated in a room in a courthouse with two litigants standing before a judge, each accompanied by a lawyer, when internet-based services such as Modria adjudicate tens of millions of disputes every year for eBay and other online sales platforms, is about as absurd as requiring litigants to ride horses to court wearing morning suits and top hats.
The jury found the family's now-decreased attorney would have won a medical malpractice suit if he did not let the statute of limitations expire.
Given the varying nature of cyber risks, any number of different policies may respond to provide coverage for a cyber-related claim in some way, shape or form. Oddly enough, this now includes the commercial general liability policy.
The Statewide Grievance Panel has issued a reprimand against an attorney from Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, of Bridgeport, in a case filed against her by a family she represented in one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Connecticut.
Remember that the Rules of Professional Conduct only establish an absolute minimum for lawyer behavior. In this case, conduct more than the minimum might be appropriate.
A lawsuit filed by Edward Spires, 91, claims he was discharged in 1948 solely for being gay.
Earlier in her career, Jennifer Kleiner worked as a resident manager at a program for homeless girls under the age of 18. Twenty-five years later, Kleiner is now a lawyer and counsel at Verrill Dana in Westport. Along with Verrill Dana partner Cheryl Johnson, they helped the program for which Kleiner used to work as a support staff member survive a crisis brought on by funding cuts by Connecticut's Department of Children & Families.
The Connecticut Bar Association said the Alabama senator opposes efforts to reduce incarceration, such as state's "Second Chance Society."
A Connecticut judge ruled American Medical Response of Connecticut is not protected by the Good Samaritan Act after a paramedic botched inserting an IV line into a patient.
Attorney James Aspell of West Hartford said his client, who suffered a heart attack in 2011, is "overjoyed."
Photographer Kristen Pierson says photos of the bands "Lotus Land" and "Soft Parade" were used without authorization.
Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone.
Kevin O’Connor, the former U.S. attorney for Connecticut and general counsel of investment firm Point72 Asset Management, is out as the head of the Justice Department transition for the Trump administration.
A prospective class action suit is seeking millions of dollars from Fairway for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly texting advertisements to customers' phones.
Federal investigators accused two men of stealing proprietary information used for unmanned underwater vehicles.
Attorneys representing several victims said the state Supreme Court needs to better address negligent entrustment under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
The attorneys representing families of the victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have appealed their case to the Connecticut Supreme Court, claiming the gun manufacturers "chose to sell a weapon of war and aggressively market its assaultive capabilities."
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: A New Frontier in Prohibiting Discrimination in Health Care ProgramsBy Andrew Zwerling and Marianne Monroy |
Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to proscribe discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded health care programs and is designed to enhance and amplify existing and long-standing anti-discrimination laws.
Attorneys say any appointee will likely continue to focus on white-collar crime and drugs while addressing illegal immigration.
Veterans clinics at law schools across the country are banding together to share notes and strategies in hopes of improving legal representation for former military personnel.
On Jan. 20, 2017, a newly sworn-in President Donald Trump will parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. A federal appeals court will hear a case next week that could determine how close Trump must get to his detractors during the inauguration festivities.
Change is coming to the regulatory environment and to the nation’s courts that will reverberate across the legal industry. We have the forward-looking analysis you need to advise clients, manage your business and respond to the new political forces.
Sullivan, a partner at Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, discusses LegalZoom's impact, school bullying and the state's disciplinary system for attorneys.
The WWE had asked for the attorney to be sanctioned for cribbing a lawsuit involving former NFL players.
Computer gurus have become the new experts in divorce cases and "do-it-yourself" sleuths are becoming more and more common. Divorce lawyers throughout the state are noticing less of a need to hire a private investigator, and more and more reliance on social media evidence.
Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer’s ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.
The hospital's attorney said the jury's decision came down to whether they believed testimony from the expectant mother or hospital staff.
In the midst of increasing rate pressures from clients, law firms are rethinking how they staff client matters, rewriting job descriptions and ultimately reshaping law firm staffing models.
Prosecutors said the attorney held a trust account used to hide illicit profits and avoid paying taxes.
For the 52 nominees to the federal courts waiting for action by the U.S. Senate—some for nearly two years—last night's Republican sweep of the White House and Congress spells the end for their hopes of making it onto the bench.
As Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton emerged Tuesday night, stock futures fell sharply. But, in some respect, Trump’s victory could be a gift to banks that loathed a continuation of the Obama administration’s regulatory and enforcement policies. In a speech in August, Trump said he would call for a moratorium on new financial regulations.
Waterbury attorney Karl Shehu threatened to file a grievance against a California attorney if he didn't pay $70,000 for defamation.
This year's winner in the mid-sized firm category, Wiggin and Dana, scored a huge win for their client when they got a $35 million judgment thrown out by the Connecticut Supreme Court. At nearly 70 litigators firmwide, Wiggin and Dana handles a variety of matters in Connecticut and beyond.
Here are this year's best and brightest among Connecticut's young lawyers.
Whitman Breed may be a small firm, but the matters its litigation department handles certainly aren't. The firms represensts a wide range of local, regional and international clients in commercial litigation matters.
Morgan Lewis' selection as the winner in the general litigation category for large law firms should come as no surprise. The firm, known for its litigation strength, deepened its bench when it combined in late 2014 with Bingham McCutcheon -- and the Bingham McCutcheon lawyers had taken home the Law Tribune's litigation department of the year honors in 2013 and 2014.
Pullman & Comley's appellate group -- which scored a big win in the Connecticut Supreme Court last year -- handles significant matters in both state and federal courts, including both written and oral advocacy before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
When Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider was founded nearly 20 years ago, the firm had a simple, but ambitious goal: create a smaller firm of litigators that could go up against the biggest firms in the world while maintaining the responsiveness, attention and value of a boutique firms. Or as the firm likes to say: "We want to go head-to-head with Wall Street firms, but we don't aspire to become them."
2016 Legal Departments of the Year, General Counsel Impact Award: Harriet Munrett Wolfe, Webster Bank
Harriet Munrett Wolfe has been Webster Bank's chief legal officer since 1999. During that time, she has played an integral role in leading the company as it grew from a federal savings bank to a commercial bank to a national bank. In addition to managing the legal department and the bank's outside legal spend, she has to help advise on regulatory and risk issues, as well as oversee litigation issues. She gave us her perspective on her role as a GC and the importance of mentoring.
2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Management of In-House Counsel Award: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
In addition to being one of the most recognizable brands in the world and one of Connecticut's most high profile companies, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., also boasts an active and versatile in-house legal team.
Synchrony Financial's legal department successfully resolved over 800 litigation matters in 2015, including a number of high-stakes class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. But litigation was only the tip of the iceberg for the in-house team.
Nestlé Waters North America's legal department is heavily committed to charitable and pro bono efforts, including a "corporate citizenship goal," seeking to deepen its involvement in community affairs at the local level. The department pursues that goal via volunteering and contribution. Through August, the department had contributed more than 700 hours for 2016, and is pushing to increase volunteer hours.
With a company as large and significant as Cigna, it's probably not surprising that it would take a comprehensive approach to its legal department in a number of ways. Although not surprising, it is impressive how thorough Cigna's in-house department is when it comes to managing outside counsel and its pro bono work.
2016 Legal Departments of the Year, Regulatory and Compliance Management Award: Sam Caligiuri, ConnectiCare
As general counsel of statewide health insurer ConnectiCare, navigating a difficult regulatory landscape while competing with multinational insurance conglomerates is a fact of life for Sam Caligiuri.
One of the best things about conducting contests like Litigation Departments of the Year, and Legal Departments of the Year, and New Leaders in the Law is that it gives you a real sense of the breadth and depth of the state's legal talent. And by that standard, the Connecticut legal community has much to be proud of.
The FBI's eight-day review of 650,000 emails is longer than most data sets of similar size would take.
The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a 6-1 determination, found one of the defendants made inconsistent statements between deposition testimony and interrogatory responses.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division deployed more than 500 staffers to polling places in 28 states—including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey—on Tuesday to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws.
Despite the drop in joint session usage, the discussion about the pros and cons continues to be pretty hot and heavy. As with so many of these issues, it seems clear that one size does not fit all and that there is no universal best practice.
A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion to find the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for cooperating with Donald Trump’s election day poll-monitoring plans.
An Avon attorney who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from his former employer was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge Friday to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
The 2016 presidential election is still a day away, but Charles Franklin crossed his election marathon finish line last Wednesday when the Marquette Law School Poll released its final predictions of the protracted campaign season.
Three religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step into a multimillion-dollar battle with two plaintiffs firms that claim the pension plans of the medical networks are not exempt from federal law.
The legal academy is responding with outrage and disgust that a white professor at the University of Oregon School of Law wore blackface to an off-campus Halloween party attended by some fellow law faculty and students.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center had claimed its "church plan" was exempt from federal regulations.
Murtha Cullina has joined the blogging business. While the lawyer-turned-blogger trend has been going on for a while, the firm just started two firmwide blogs earlier this year.
Monike Hayden was stranded in the water for nearly an hour after suffering a fractured arm in a collision with a boat.
Former Connecticut Supreme Court Associate Justice Peter T. Zarella is stepping down from the bench and back into the law firm world.
It’s no secret that trial lawyers and their firms are active political donors, and they’ve drawn much heat over the years for their influence in local and national elections. This week a Boston plaintiffs firm is facing particular scrutiny after a report suggested that the firm may have served as a vehicle for illegal straw donations.
Location, location, location—is (at least for now) the answer for the enforceability of these types of provisions for employers.
The Connecticut Hospital Association claims the state is violating federal law by running an "illegal reimbursement scheme."
Litigator incivility multiplies the already high cost of justice to an unacceptable degree.
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan agreed to settle his case against Gawker Media for $31 million, according to bankruptcy court documents filed Wednesday.
Forced medication of criminal defendants should be used when it is constitutionally appropriate to ensure that crimes are prosecuted so that the state, the victims and their families receive the justice they seek.
Appellate courts have wrestled for more than 20 years over where to draw the line between a copyrightable design and a useful article’s function.
The judge wrote a jury can decide whether Verizon fired the employee because of his back injury or due to his poor job performance.
It seems that enrollment in some graduate programs has suffered the same fate as law schools lately; liberal arts dropping significantly with STEM subjects holding steady or growing.
President Barack Obama’s appointees to the federal appeals courts have started to leave their mark on the business world, to the chagrin of corporate executives.
An article calling Donald Trump a “libel bully” and a “libel loser” will run in an American Bar Association publication after all, over the concerns of ABA officials who worried about running afoul of the group’s nonpartisan stance and inviting a lawsuit from Trump.
A Connecticut attorney said the injury left the child with a shortened, weakened and disfigured right arm.
With rent for prime commercial real estate rising and revenue growth declining, law firms across the country are downsizing their office space.
The city's attorney said the lawsuit against four families living in one home had grown too costly to continue.
For some Connecticut firms, open compensation systems are the key to ensuring gender pay equity.
Robert Rubenstein, the former general counsel of the embattled Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s China operations, is taking a gamble on a new casino job.
Ryan Millsap says that, when he and his partner decided to name their new Atlanta business venture Valhalla Studios Atlanta, they had no idea they were treading on the trademark of the Los Angeles motion picture company that produces hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”
Jennifer Collins, the founder and managing member of Collins & Associates in Danbury, has joined Cramer & Anderson as a partner.
Prosecutors said some people ultimately lost their homes to foreclosure as a result of the scheme.
The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a young Truman Foundation scholar in 1999 when, she says, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed and squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party.
Lawyers must also now step up to the plate and recognize their role in the democratic society in encouraging an informed election of our next presidential candidate.
In its second opinion this month involving refugees from Syria, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed that the U.S. government didn’t have to disclose the names of certain terrorist organizations that have come up in vetting asylum applicants.
A federal judge rejected an order that would have forced two domain registry companies to help a private equity firm recover its web domain.
For national elections affecting all of us, one wonders why there is not a uniform set of eligibility requirements concerning felony convictions.
Connecticut firearms permit holders should be welcome to carry their firearms concealed but not on open display in public.
The former general counsel of Connecticut-based commodities trader Gerald Metals sued the company Tuesday for gender and age discrimination, saying she was denied pay increases on par with male attorneys and forced to tolerate a "good ol' boy" work environment.
J. Michael Farren was convicted of attempted murder for bludgeoning his ex-wife after she filed for divorce.
The Connecticut-based investment group allegedly violated the Securities Exchange Act when it sold 700,000 shares of a pharmaceutical company within three months.
It has been nearly 20 years since the Paycheck Fairness Act, meant to remedy pay inequality between men and women in the workplace, was first introduced in Congress. Since then, this legislation has been reintroduced and failed to pass over and over.
The first actions that a president takes after entering office say a lot about what the leader's goals will be going forward. And so it was with President Barack Obama, who on Jan. 29, 2009, signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging pay discrimination.
I just can't see returning to the days of extreme exclusionary immigration policies, especially when it condemns many victims of our feckless foreign policy to certain death.
Wage and hour class actions have been an important tool for enforcing minimum wage and overtime laws in this country for decades.
Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.
A man who threatened to murder a judge and his wife and “kill and eat” their children lost his appeal this week in the Georgia Court of Appeals.
The settlement includes a $350,000 award for attorneys fees in the class action suit filed against Performance Lacrosse Group.
Longtime criminal defense lawyer Diane "Cookie" Polan of New Haven, known by her colleagues and the rest of the bar as fierce yet kind, passed away Friday morning.
Restorative justice programs that guide young people to take responsibility for their actions, make amends to the community and address the root causes of their behavior have proved successful in many states across the country.
Higher education is using some creative solutions to address the lack of available H-1B visas for graduates who want to remain in the United States as entrepreneurs.
With the heavily publicized and controversial presidential election just around the corner, many employees and employers are curious about their rights and obligations with respect to political speech and politically motivated conduct in the workplace.
A class action filed Thursday in federal court for the District of Connecticut accuses the owner of a dilapidated New Haven apartment complex of "demolition by neglect."
Department of Homeland Security published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an "International Entrepreneur Rule." If finalized, it would permit the use of special entry for "entrepreneurs of start-up entities whose entry into the United States would provide a significant public benefit through the substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation."
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed an amicus brief supporting the National Labor Relations Board's new, loosened joint employer standard in Browning-Ferris Industries' appeal of last year's momentous NLRB decision. This is a worrisome development for employers as it suggests the government is working in concert to propagate this pro-labor standard.
The power of the internet is being harnessed to make it easier for low-income Connecticut residents to access legal advice, and to make it easier for pro bono attorneys to volunteer to help people who can't afford to pay for attorneys.
Connecticut has joined in a $28 million state and federal settlement with a pharmaceutical company over alleged false claims related to the drug Depakote.
Donald Trump's continuing refusal to commit to accepting the results of the upcoming election disqualifies him from holding the high office that he seeks. It is really that simple.
The former employee has accused Natchaug Hospital of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for firing her after respiratory health issues kept her out of the office.
Rolling Stone magazine has posted transcripts of the direct and cross-examinations of Jimmy Page, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin, in the copyright infringement lawsuit against the group and its music publishing company by two members of the band Spirit who wrote and performed the song "Taurus" back in the '60s.
Major U.S. corporations are reviewing their U.K. investments due to concerns about the country’s continued access to the European single market, the Financial Times reports.
Melania Trump’s defamation suit against a Maryland journalist is getting SLAPPed.
The Bridgegate trial in federal district court in Newark has shed important light on how business has been conducted at the top of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
An event is planned for next month to help attorneys learn more about what is required of them under the new state rule for mandatory continuing legal education, or MCLE, which goes into effect in 2017.
The legal equivalent of folding chairs and ladders are flying in World Wrestling Entertainment’s concussion litigation involving some 50 former wrestlers.
David McCraw is used to working behind the scenes at the country’s largest metropolitan newspaper. Last week, he became part of the news.
Natalie Vernon has spent the past year drawing attention to gender inequality in all corners of the legal profession as president of the Harvard Law Women’s Law Association.
A recent draft Virginia ethics opinion wrestles with the issue of whether and when lawyers have a duty to alert ethics folks that a fellow lawyer has become disabled or is showing signs of impairment.
A jury in Bridgeport considering a medical malpractice claim has awarded almost $25 million to a young Ansonia woman who lost her left leg below the knee because of a clot.
A Connecticut woman is accusing her insurance provider of using co-payments to overcharge for low-cost, generic prescriptions.
Attorney Mitch Jackson is a little freaked out by creepy clowns. It’s not because he’s encountered one of the snarling bozos scaring the bejeezus out of people around the globe. Or because he’s read Stephen King’s novel “It,” which some say is the origin of the phenomenon.
Nearly two years after Rolling Stone published the since-retracted article, “A Rape on Campus,” a federal jury is set to decide if the magazine defamed a college administrator who says she was falsely depicted as indifferent to an alleged rape victim.
A Connecticut judge on Friday wiped out a lawsuit filed by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that targeted several gun makers, finding the case fit “squarely” within liability protections Congress created for the firearms industry.
A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying federal law shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
The case, settled for an undisclosed amount, involved allegations that a priest sexually abused a 13-year-old in his own home.
Animal cruelty laws are being toughened throughout the country. In Connecticut, abused animals will be getting advocates to represent them in animal cruelty cases. And "pet custody" is becoming more and more of an issue among divorcing couples.
“Save the Whales” isn’t just a slogan to attorney Natalie Barefoot. It’s her job description.
The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.
Rail safety, which was long taken for granted, is increasingly in doubt. Public authorities need to step up to the plate and solve this problem now.
The former employee's lawsuit claims he was fired even though his doctor recommended that he return to work.
As law firms continue to struggle in diversifying their partnership and leadership ranks, Hogan Lovells and Day Pitney announced this week the hire of inclusion officers, while Weil, Gotshal & Manges is a year into a diversity education program.
Yale Law School is on the hunt for a new dean. Robert Post is stepping down at the end of the academic year after heading the school since 2009.
The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.
Murtha Cullina has strengthened its corporate group with two new lawyers. Mark J. Tarallo has joined the firm as a partner in its Boston office and Brian W. Fischer is a new associate in the firm's Hartford office.
Computer forensics and geolocations were used to hone in on some of the people suspected of illegally sharing the movie "London Has Fallen."
A new menace has made Connecticut streets unsafe: the epidemic of auto thefts. This explosion is fueled by a combination of changes in our criminal laws and changes in our social behavior.
Mylan N.V. recently announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company's alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.
If you thought the presidential election couldn’t get any uglier, guess again. Because a suit against Donald Trump alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl has new life.
Just before the close of business last Friday, Mylan N.V. announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company’s alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.
Navy Federal Credit Union will pay $23 million to members and a $5.5 million civil penalty for making false threats about debt collection to active-duty military service members, retired service members, and their families, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday.
The new leader of the New Haven County Bar Association is looking forward to serving its members, such as by helping them meet new continuing legal education requirements.
There was a kerfuffle the other day when the powers that rule on such things proposed reducing the length of federal appellate briefs by 1,500 words. After much hand-wringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth, the limit was reduced from 14,000 to 13,000. Civilization will continue.
Tort lawsuits against employees of Native American tribes may be on the rise, but a case that the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear could put an end to those claims.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday night she might avoid lawyers who worked at “a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge” without “real life experiences” in picking nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court if she is elected.
The drinking behaviors of lawyers—long understood as frequently unhealthy—have been under an increased spotlight this year, following the publication of the first ever national study of the matter in the February issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
Cases slated for argument in October could set precedent for the use of eminent domain, the handling of confidential medical records at trial and the awarding of punitive damages in employment cases.
You've been served—by Facebook. Not a phrase you'd expect to hear, but the approval of service by Facebook in a number of matrimonial law cases is proving it could eventually become more common.
In many divorces, it is common for a party to suspect his or her spouse of hiding assets. Methods of hiding assets can be simple, such as filling a safe deposit box with valuables. The less obvious methods are more frequently overlooked.
Tom Wilkinson earned an Oscar nomination portraying a corporate litigator in the midst of a nervous breakdown in “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 George Clooney film about fixers, liars and other ugly fictional players in the legal profession.
In a surprising turn of events, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reinstated a $119 million patent infringement verdict for Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Co.
CitiMortgage is accused of attempting to foreclose on a woman's home while also renegotiating her mortgage payments.
Just as hard facts make for bad law, bad facts make for bad editorials. Such is the case with the Connecticut Law Tribune's recent editorial, "Jail for Misbehaving Prosecutors Is Not the Answer, But We Must Find One."
Rochdale Securities, which was once a brokerage dealer in Stamford, won a recent state court challenge to an arbitration award it filed against Pershing, a large clearing firm that is part of the Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
Sweeping changes have been made to Connecticut's power-of-attorney law, including making it harder for banks to upend the wishes of people who do estate planning by rejecting power-of-attorney forms.
The Hartford-based insurer invoked a federal trade secrets law in a bid to stop a senior employee from going to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Colleagues and friends of longtime Day Pitney partner David Elliott remembered him fondly this week for his legal expertise, love of music and desire to help others.
What can law students learn from the hit musical “Hamilton”?
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared reluctant Wednesday to loosen the rules that have governed insider-trading prosecutions for more than 30 years, brushing aside the 2014 Newman appeals court decision that made it harder for the government to go after tippers and tippees.
Something was bothering Shirish Gupta. As a civil litigator at Mayer Brown handling class actions and IP law, he’d dealt with a fair number of arbitrations and mediations. But every time, he saw the same faces in the room.
What is lost from public view are the many times the juvenile court system succeeds in reordering youths and helping them lead productive and law-abiding lives.
Our entire judicial process is premised on the notion of the rule of law, which assumes fair play on the part of the prosecutors.
Area attorneys join firms, assume community leadership roles.
State officials have announced that RBS Securities Inc. will pay $120 million to the state to resolve a probe into the underwriting of residential mortgage-back securities and the role it played in the economic crisis in 2008.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday sued the University of Denver, alleging its law school underpaid at least eight female law professors compared with their male colleagues.
As a generic drug company, Fresenius Kabi USA has been sued for patent infringement by branded drug makers such as Merck, Hospira and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.
This decision does not preclude future prosecution but it will require a renewed focus on proving that a bribe was made in exchange for, or with an expectation of, an "official act" in return. Expect to see prosecutors bring what they believe are the right cases with the right jury instructions. But also expect defendants to formulate defenses that rely heavily on the Supreme Court's McDonnell decision.
In a fractured decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that the trial judge had failed to give the jury an essential instruction.
George Hastings is the kind of person who inspires others to be the best they can be because they don't want to let him down, people close to him say. So it is fitting that Robinson & Cole, the law firm from which Hastings retired over 21 years ago, has named a community service award after him.
Lawyers' powers are only as broad as the grant of authority we receive. We can't make up new ways of doing things, either on the civil or criminal side, simply because they save time or are more efficacious. For that we need to change the law.
American law firms continue to spread all over the world, but some markets are more appealing than others. So we’ve tracked the hot spots from the past three years.
By long tradition, the U.S. Supreme Court tries to stay out of the headlines in a presidential election year.
Relationship building, internal education and monitoring efforts are burdensome and time-consuming but, as Volkswagen's woes have already demonstrated, the cost of compliance is always less than the cost of a crisis.
U.S. District Judge Janet Hall said members of the Historic District Commission can't assert absolute immunity to fend off claims.
Changing the way the state deals with youth under 25. Bail reform. The latest in treatment for addiction. Those were some of the topics discussed Sept. 30 at a summit at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
When a federal judge in Brooklyn last week chastised Facebook Inc. and a prominent law firm for sending a junior lawyer to handle a terrorism-related case, the move highlighted the conundrum that in-house lawyers face when trying to find stand-up courtroom opportunities for new lawyers.
Applying artificial intelligence to the practice of law is no longer the stuff of science fiction.
Justice Peter Zarella writes in reply to a Sept. 15 Connecticut Law Tribune editorial titled "Justice Zarella's Proposed Test for Applying Stare Decisis."
No one should believe that prosecutors' focus on insider trading cases has waned. Investors, compliance officers and counsel must remain as vigilant as ever to knowing the insider trading rules and preventing illegal behavior.
With the new state rule for mandatory continuing legal education going into effect on Jan. 1, the state Judicial Branch is taking steps now to make sure attorneys get any questions answered beforehand.
Want to ace your all-important first-year law exams? Try being wordy.
Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has clarified the law on when the dismissal of a single case among several consolidated cases can be considered a final, appealable decision.
Many colleges have adopted an affirmative consent standard, which CT Public Act 14-11 has required since July 2016, defining consent as engaged, informed, unambiguous and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity at each step, which may be revoked at any time. Moreover, one cannot consent if intoxicated.
Was it disrespectful for a law firm to send an associate to federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to represent a big client, in this case Facebook Inc., to a pretrial conference unaccompanied by partners?
The federal government is having trouble extinguishing lawsuits that accuse the federal court’s PACER system of overcharging users to access case information and documents online.
A new statute, effective Oct. 1, gives the green light to payroll cards, which are seen by employment lawyers in Connecticut as a boon to both employers and employees.
Oil company Maxum Petroleum says Stamford-based Chemoil Corp. has stolen its "crown jewels" with the hire of a longtime executive.
Jurisprudence in the last few decades has wrestled with balancing lawyers' First Amendment rights, the public's right to know, the need for open courts and the accused's rights to a fair trial.
A longtime Danbury attorney who served federal prison time for her role in a real estate scheme is seeking reinstatement to the bar in Connecticut.
A decade and a half on, all we’ve learned from 9/11 litigation is that America’s legal system is even more hopeless than its real estate industry, which has finally finished a few grandiose structures at ground zero that are of some redeeming value.
Over the past week, news about a bill that would ease the path for plaintiffs to sue foreign governments over their alleged support for terrorism has flooded media outlets.
The Supreme Court's 'Harrington' decision may curtail the ability of attorneys and clients to claim privilege when there is no underlying legal advice to support it. This is indeed a good thing.
Summary judgment should not have been granted to the state Department of Transportation on claims it moved too slow to treat black ice on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Thames River, a state appellate court held.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a second list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he would consider as president, underscoring his argument that the future of the high court is a prime reason for voters to elect him.
With four IP cases on the docket and several more knocking at the door of certiorari, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised for a banner year of patent, trademark and copyright decisions.
A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling last year in a case involving ads on phony news websites that an online advertiser can be held liable for deceptive content that it did not produce.
Attorneys general for 35 states, including Connecticut, recently filed suit against the makers of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, alleging they schemed to stall the entry of a generic form of the drug into the market.
The death of well-known New Britain lawyer Joseph McDonald, who appeared to be putting his legal and addiction problems behind him, comes as a shock to those who knew him.
In the absence of up-to-date reports from the U.S. Supreme Court justices about their own health, here is what is publicly known:
The intense debate over how transparent presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should be about their health gives rise to another question: What about the health of Supreme Court justices?
A recent New York City Bar ethics decision on the duties of criminal prosecutors raises interesting questions regarding the interplay of the rules of conduct and standards of lawyer conduct applicable in civil and criminal contexts.
Staffing shortages and the state's budget situation have prompted officials to reduce the hours of more of the state's law libraries.
The University of Connecticut School of Law has an interesting program for graduates of law schools in other countries.
The chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told more than 200 lawyers and community activists at an Atlanta symposium Tuesday at Georgia State University that she and her Justice Department colleagues in Washington and across the nation “see a very clear link” between the criminalization of poverty by law enforcement authorities and the growing distrust of police and the government by the public.
State regulators, industry attorneys and vehicle manufacturers greeted the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, as a positive step toward providing clarity and preventing an undesirable patchwork of local laws.
A century ago Theodore Roosevelt, while regarded as a flaming liberal, nevertheless argued that the first duty of a citizen is to pull his own weight. The collapse of schools, cities, and the state itself is what happens when public policy disagrees.
Connecticut is in the forefront for implementing restorative justice programs by, among other things, being one of a small number of states that has a pardons process that is available and accessible to people and that grants more than a handful of pardons each year. But it is behind in providing readily available and easily understandable information about these programs.
Workers' compensation insurers paying out benefits to employees on an employer's behalf may sue the third party responsible for the injuries in order to recover the loss, according to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016 New Leaders in the Law contest. Applicants were judged in four categories, including development of the law, advocacy/community contributions, service to the bar, and peer/public recognition.
Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from Columbia Law School.
Laura Wasser, the lawyer representing Angelina Jolie Pitt in her divorce from Brad Pitt, is synonymous with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity breakups, with recent cases including Jennifer Garner’s divorce from Ben Affleck and Johnny Depp’s split from Amber Heard.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to review the recent landmark ruling that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional.
A Stratford narcotics detective who claims the department retaliated against him after he badmouthed the current police chief has been awarded $2.5 million by a jury in federal court in New Haven.
Bitcoin lives in a dark world outside the law, unregulated, murky, indeed, even suspicious. It is the very sort of medium of exchange one would most expect the IRS to be interested in.
Quinnipiac University Law School students who went on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua learned ways their legal system was different, but overall, students said they saw more similarities than differences.
Amid declining enrollment in J.D. programs nationwide, two law schools have unveiled tuition decreases for the upcoming school year.
ALM Intelligence research on gender diversity indicates that women do not leave the law just to have children or raise a family. Instead, there is a slow trickling-out of women from the Big Law workforce year-over-year.
Lawyers and clients often confront the question of when communications relating to both nonlegal and legal advice may be covered by the attorney-client privilege. Court decisions in this area have not always provided consistent guidance. A dispute concerning a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request directed to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) (now the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority) provided the Supreme Court with the opportunity to directly address the proper standard for determining when the privilege covers mixed-purpose communications.
The Connecticut Supreme Court term was again relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers.
The big product-liability news at the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2016 was undoubtedly Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, 321 Conn. 172 (2016), an important decision that refined Connecticut's standards for design-defect product-liability claims.
A flood of important decisions has flowed out of the courts. We should enjoy them while we can, because with judicial branch cutbacks typical real property and land use cases now find themselves in a position of lowest priority, far behind criminal prosecutions and family law matters.
Most people living in poverty, and the majority of moderate-income individuals, do not receive the legal help they need.
A Shelton-based attorney already facing charges in state court for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile now faces federal charges that he produced child pornography.
In sharp contrast to last summer's Tilcon Connecticut case, which placed significant checks on the ability of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to request extensive information from permit applicants, this year's cases dramatically reinforce DEEP's authority.
Uber patrons in Pittsburgh can now dial up an autonomous vehicle, climb inside and watch the steering wheel spin, untouched by human hands, as they scoot through downtown.
A Connecticut lawsuit against Marlboro that alleges the cigarette maker caused a woman's lung cancer and death will go before the state Supreme Court justices in an effort to clarify the law under the state's Product Liability Act.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards. The contest honors law firms which have had significant victories in general litigation and specific practice areas.
A complaint filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut in U.S. District Court contends that three state troopers fabricated charges against a protester who was filming a drunken driving checkpoint.
State officials announced Thursday that they will appeal a trial judge's landmark ruling last week that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional.
We want to focus on Justice Zarella's dissent, not because of his analysis of 'Santiago,' but because of his proposed test for deciding whether to uphold a prior decision on the basis of stare decisis.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Legal Departments of the Year awards. The contest honors excellence in corporate legal departments.
Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.
An attorney who served federal prison time following his conviction in a mortgage fraud scheme has been formally disciplined with a suspension from the bar for at least six years.
The estate of a man killed after his car collided with a speeding police cruiser has settled a lawsuit against Hartford for $2.9 million.
Some people really want the new iPhone.
Many states still take their sovereignty seriously and will not hesitate to haul out-of-state lawyers into their disciplinary courts if they believe they are fishing without a license.
A man convicted of murder in New Haven is asking the state Supreme Court for a new trial on grounds that the judge should not have allowed evidence from Facebook at trial.
Longtime attorney Thomas M. Murtha has resigned from the bar amid a state disciplinary action alleging he misappropriated clients' funds.
It took more than a decade of litigation—and a massive pro bono commitment by Debevoise & Plimpton—to persuade a Connecticut judge to rule last week that the state’s public schools had failed schoolchildren in its poorest districts.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently announced that David McGuire will serve as chairman of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee, which will evaluate and report on civil rights concerns in the state.
Hartford is apparently teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, if its mayor, Luke Bronin, is to be believed. If Bronin is serious about avoiding bankruptcy, he ought to call the city's lawyers and ask them just what they are doing in the case of 'Harris v. O'Hare,' a federal civil rights action set for trial this month.
Handing a win to the maker of First Response pregnancy tests, a federal appeals court in New York held Friday that the maker of the rival Clearblue home pregnancy tests misled consumers in its advertising for a product that estimates how long a woman has been pregnant.
The word “memories” doesn’t seem to apply to 9/11. Fifteen years now have passed, but survivors and witness recall with perfect clarity the “beautiful” September morning interrupted by so much violence.
After departing for a while to work at a university, attorney James Ray has returned to Robinson & Cole as a partner in the firm's environmental and utilities group.
The erroneous failure of 90 Georgia Bar Exam takers in the past year looks to be the worst scoring mistake ever on the all-important licensing test.
The family of a deceased woman who was hit by a truck while crossing a street in Moosup, Connecticut, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver for $1.2 million.
Dream of a world where everything stupid, contemptible, or phony was also unconstitutional. That's what the state Supreme Court invited Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher to dream about public education, and this week he delivered in Technicolor.
James Wade of Robinson & Cole has appeared before at least 300 judges and argued cases in every state courthouse in Connecticut.
A LONG ISLAND County has filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturers alleging deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers, in a move resembling litigation filed by states against tobacco manufacturers in the 1990s that led to a master settlement with cigarette makers.
Ruling in a more than decade-old case, a Connecticut judge ruled that the state's educational funding is out of step with its Constitution.
These days, many lawyers start their careers on their own, without any network of support or guidance.
Some of the most important decisions regarding a child's right to be heard and to be represented by an attorney, or to be heard through a guardian ad litem, in cases involving the child's custody, care or support, bear Justice Borden's byline.
There's a new security rule in the state courthouses. At least I think there is a new rule. As with so many security measures, practices across the state are inconsistent. It's maddening.
Many companies are paying closer attention to how their outside firms protect client information from cyberthreats. While some small and midsized firms have responded by increasing their focus on data privacy, others have been slow to make it a priority and that inaction could prove costly, even if a breach never occurs.
The lawyer for an accountant whose hard drives were seized and held for over two years in a fraud investigation involving a client, and then used to charge the accountant himself for an unrelated crime, is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will take his case.
Lawyers for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims accuse the firearm maker of using an early motion for summary judgment to "preclude discovery and avoid a trial on the merits."
A judge has ordered Hartford to pay almost $6.3 million for the benefit of residents who were forced to leave their condemned homes but weren't given financial assistance to relocate.
The General Assembly has let the system continue as legislators cower before the "mom and pop" liquor store operators, of whom every legislator's district has many.
What’s driving a huge surge in applications at the University of Colorado Law School? Partly pot, says one professor.
Any successful courtroom advocate understands that far and away the most important key to success is credibility. Establish your credibility early and maintain it impeccably throughout your case—and throughout your career.
In a rare instance of a dram shop litigation netting more than $250,000, the victim of a drunken driving accident has reached a nearly $6.5 million settlement.
Perhaps in the end, the matter of Clay v. United States serves as merely one example of the need for a degree of intellectual honesty and integrity among all of the members of our highest court sufficient to probe beyond temporal, superficial political expediency to arrive at decisions consistent with established law and precedent.
A Shelton-based attorney was arrested on Aug. 30 and accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile for years.
A Connecticut dentist has agreed to pay over $1.3 million to resolve claims that he violated the federal and state false claims acts.
Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission applied the wrong standard in refusing to order the release of emails between a state authority and two lawyers who are also registered lobbyists, the state's highest court has ruled.
Kathie's Kitchen, which registered the mark SUPERSEEDZ, says a new line of Super Seed crackers is siphoning its goodwill in the health food sector.
A longtime partner at Day Pitney with over 30 years of experience has been named to be a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for Connecticut to fill a vacancy created by a judge's retirement and move to private practice.
Something about summer in California brings out the crazy. Developments in the law of lawyer conduct are not immune.
Wouldn't you have thought that your financial adviser is obligated to act in your best interest when advising you where to put your retirement money? Well, sadly, you would have been wrong if you did.
As thousands of would-be lawyers arrive on campus this month, we asked some big-name attorneys for their best advice for law students.
A 19-year-old college student struck by a car while crossing a neighborhood road in North Haven has settled her lawsuit against the vehicle's driver for $2 million.
The U.S. District Court for Connecticut will have a judicial vacancy soon, as Judge Robert Chatigny has decided to take senior status as of Jan. 1.
The battle between political correctness and free speech continues apace. Recently, it has taken a dangerous turn. The political correctness police have now taken on the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag, decreeing it an unwelcome racist symbol.
Google Inc. and other search engine sites have long argued—with success—that the First Amendment protects decisions about how websites appear in search results.
In 2001, a panel of appeals judges in Philadelphia considered if a lawyer who told her opponent, “Go fuck yourself,” should face sanctions.
A Connecticut trial judge forgot to instruct the jury that a defendant's refusal to testify cannot be held against him, which prompted the state Supreme Court Thursday to order a new trial for a man convicted of burglary and larceny.
Rebuffed time and again by the Missouri legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon, who refused to substantially increase the budget for indigent criminal defense, the chief public defender, Michael Barrett, had enough. He recently took an unusual and desperate step. He appointed Nixon, a licensed Missouri attorney, to represent an indigent client accused in an assault case. We applaud this bold action.
Our firm is looking for some help, an associate with 2-5 years of experience. We and everyone else. The 2-5 year cohort is hot right now as is the 3-6 group. Maybe someone should invent a law school that graduates folks after 5-9 years of combined academic and clinical work. There would be a great demand.
A wonderful young boy in the care of DCF is in need of a kidney donation. Maybe you or someone you know could be his match.